Elwood Edwards, the voice of AOL’s ‘You’ve Got Mail’, said that many people think he must be a multimillionaire on a private island considering his voice was used billions of times. In fact, he was paid $200 for recording the ubiquitous phrase in 1989. He got the job because his wife worked at an AOL predecessor. He is now an Uber Driver in Ohio.
In 2008, Bebo the popular social network was bought from its creators by AOL for $850 million dollars. It was then run into the ground and after 5 years the site filed for bankruptcy and was sold back to the original creators for $1 million dollars.
A teen secretly lived in AOL’s HQ for 2 months, eating free food, using gym & showers, sleeping in conference rooms while working on his start-up. Everyone assumed he worked there.